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11 Most Expensive South Indian Movies made in India: Baahubali Series, & RR top the list


Gone are the days when the South Indian film industry was limited only to South Indian audiences and limited budgets. In the last few years there has been a surge in the popularity of southern cinema among all types of masses. The result of that is that there is a very large budget available for the cinema of the South to make fresh content available to the audience. Looking at the humongous success of the recently released South movies, it is safe to say that the scale of South cinema will only get steeper in the future. Meanwhile, here are the 11 most expensive South Indian Movies made in the country so far.

1. Baahubali series

Directed by master director SS Rajamouli, Baahubali Series Movies- The Beginning & The Conclusion are two of the most expensive South movies made in India. The film stars Prabhas, Anushka Shetty, Rana Daggubati, Tamannah Bhatia, Ramya Krishna, Sathyaraj, and Nassar in pivotal roles.

Baahubali 1 was made on a budget of 180 crore and Baahubali 2 was made on a budget of 250 crore, bringing the total budget of the series to 430 crore.

About the Movies –

Bahubali: The Beginning- In the kingdom of Mahishmati, Shivudu falls in love with a young warrior woman. As he tries to wake her up, he learns about his family’s conflicted past and his true heritage.

Bahubali: The Conclusion- After learning that his father was brutally killed by Bhallaladeva, Mahendra Baahubali raises an army to defeat him and free his mother from the former’s captivity.

2. Pushpa: The rise

One of the big blockbusters of 2020, Pushpa: The Rise is one of the most expensive South movies made in India. The film stars Allu Arjun in the lead role and has some killer action sequences. The film also has Rashmika Mandana and Samantha Prabhu in important roles.

Pushpa: The increase was done on a budget of Rs. 200 hearts.

About the film

The film tells the story of a man named Pushpa who is denied respect in the society and whose name has no value in the town of Seshachalam. He then decided to make a name for himself without the support of his father’s family.

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3. RRR

SS Rajamouli was back in the limelight in 2022 directing RRR- Rise Roar Revolt with Ram Charan and Jr. NTR, an epic period drama that tells the stories of 2 revolutionaries who fought against the British Raj. The film also stars Alia Bhatt,

The film was not only a box office smash but also won awards at the Oscars and the Golden Globes. RRR was made on a budget of 450 crore.

About the movie- Fearless revolutionaries and officers in the British force, who once had a deep bond between them, decide to join forces and chart an inspiring path of freedom against the despotic rulers.

4. Saaho

Backed by Sujeeth, Saaho is an action thriller starring Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor. The film was promoted for its high-octane action sequences but did not receive a very good response at the box office, especially in Hindi language.

Saaho was made on a budget of 350 crore.

About the movie- The film follows the life of a secret agent who is with his partner on a mission to find a thief.

5. Adipurush

Adipurush is a multilingual period drama film directed by Om Raut which is set to hit theaters on June 16. The film stars Prabhas, Kriti Sanon and Sunny Singh in lead roles. It is a magnum opus and an adaptation of the Indian epic Ramayana.

The film is made on a budget of 500 crore.

About the movie- Adipurush is an adaptation of Indian mythology that depicts the triumph of good over evil.

6. Ponnyin Selvan: I

Directed and co-produced by Mani Ratnam, Ponniyin Selvan: I is a period drama released in 2022. It stars an ensemble cast including Vikram, Jayam Ravi, Karthi, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Trisha, Jayaram, Sobhita Dhulipala, Aishwarya Lekshmi , Vikram Prabhu, and Ashwin Kakumanu. The film is 1St of 2 parts based on Kalki Krishnamurthy’s 1955 novel of the same title.

Ponniyin Selvan: I have a budget of 500 crore.

About the movie- In anticipation of a rebellion in the capital, Crown Prince Aditha Karikalan sends his friend Vallavaraiyan Vandiyadevan on a mission that sets up a series of conspiracies against the reigning king.

7. Robot 2.0

The sequel to 2010 Robot starred Rajnikanth and Akshay Kumar in lead roles. The film combined sci-fi and social issues as it showed a rivalry between a disfigured humanoid robot and a former ornithologist who is trying to save birds by banning mobile phones.

Robot 2.0 was made with a budget of 600 crore.

About the movie- When mobile phones start flying out of people’s hands, Dr Vaseegaran and his robot Nila are called to help. However, as Pakshi Rajan has a hand in this, the two have to send Chitti back to defeat him.

8. Robots

The sci-fi film was released in the year 2010 and was originally made in Telugu dubbed in Hindi and many other languages. It starred Rajnikanth and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in lead roles and was made on a budget of 132 crores, which was one of the highest at the time.

About the movie- Vaseegaran, a brilliant scientist, builds Chitti, a unique robot, programmed to protect mankind and also to feel human emotions. Problems arise when Chitti falls in love with his girlfriend.

9. Kochadaiiyaan

Released in 2014, this historical fiction drama was first dubbed in Tamil and dubbed in multiple languages. It stars Rajnikanth, Deepika Padukone, and Shobana in lead roles and was made with a budget of 125 crore.

About the movie- Rana, a noble warrior, seeks revenge on his father’s killer, Rishikodagan. Meanwhile, he interferes and attracts the intelligence of the ruler of the enemy kingdom, Raja Mahendran.

10. Sye Ra Narasimha Reddy

It is a 2019 Telugu language epic historical action drama directed by Surender Reddy and produced by Ram Charan. The film stars Chiranjeevi, Nayanthara, Tamannah, Sudeep, Vijay Sethupathi, and others in important roles. It has been made on a budget of 200 crore. It has an IMDb rating of 7.2/10.

About the film– Ten years before the Sepoy War, Emperor Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy from the Rayalseema region is fighting the British East India Company to end their atrocities.

11. Salary

Salaar is an upcoming action thriller which is expected to release in September 2023. It is directed by Prashanth Neel and stars Prabhas, Prithviraj Sukumaran, Shruti Haasan, and Jagapathi Babu in lead roles. The film has a budget of around 200 crores.

About the movie- A gang leader tries to keep a promise to his dying friend and joins the other criminal gangs.

So these are the 11 most expensive South movies produced in India so far. Which one do you prefer? Let us know in the comments section below.

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